Welcome to the Ought Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Ought surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Ought ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ought Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ought family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ought brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ought Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Ought ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Ought research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ought
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ought records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ought family history resource today.
Origins of the Ought Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ought ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ought DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ought ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ought research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Ought Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ought ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ought family history.
Networking with Ought Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ought queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Ought ancestors.
Ought Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ought Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ought, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
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Upcoming Ought Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ought family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ought reunion.